Brethren and Friends:

This Annual Report shows that we are serious about our theme to combine the best of "The Old and The New" to craft a better tomorrow. As the old century has been passing into the new, we have been building upon the successes that brought us to where we are and have been adding the promise and excitement of 21st century ideas, plans, and enthusiasm.

The human services and concerns for mankind that are rendered through the facilities, foundations, and programs that make up the Masonic Charities are wide-ranging diverse and philanthropic. Along with our well recognized, ongoing Charities, I also think about the importance of meeting special needs, such as the way Masons across the state are equipping communities with A.E.D. (Automated Electronic Defibrillator) units, supporting the Little League, and targeting fire safety education in college dormitories, just to cite a few.

Building for tomorrow is visible at the Masonic Homes in construction and in their ever-expanding "Mission of Love" at Elizabethtown and the Masonic Eastern Star Homes - East and West across the state, caring for Masons and their wives, families, widows of Masons and others in need. By the time you read this Annual Report, the new Freemasons Cultural Center -- the "new" blended with the stately "old" Grand Lodge Hall -- will be open on the 1,400-acre main campus of the Masonic Homes. The caring generosity of Masons and friends have made those magnificent new facilities a reality. Meanwhile, in western Pennsylvania, expansion is underway at the Masonic Village at Sewickley. Be sure to read about these achievements in this Annual Report.

Elizabethtown is a hub for youth services, starting with the Masonic Children's Home that cares for children from families that can no longer manage their needs. The Pennsylvania Youth Foundation operates from the Masonic Conference Center-Patton campus, providing coordination, leadership andcitizenship training, scholarships and educational assistance for Masonic youth and members of DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, and Job's Daughters. The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for Children provides
important youth-benefitting services throughout Pennsylvania. Because of that Foundation, every secondary school in the Commonwealth has a Student Assistance Program (SAP) team and more than 500 D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) law enforcement officers have been trained to present drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs in schools.

All Pennsylvania Freemasons and the friends of Masonic Charities can look at the far-ranging achievements in service to mankind not only with pride, but also with a deep sense of satisfaction. You can make a tax-deductible contribution any time to all of the Masonic Charities, or give directly to any one or several of them by designating where you want your gift to be directed. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Robert L. Dluge, Jr.
R.W. Grand Master

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